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President Obama wants the United States to accept refugees who are fleeing the violence in Syria and Iraq. Congress opposes this plan, as do most governors, including Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback. Some churches are taking a different stand.

A bishop for the United Methodist Church is asking elected officials to allow Syrian refugees into the country. Bishop Scott Jones, of the Great Plains Conference, says 35 congregations in Kansas and Nebraska are willing to sponsor Syrian families.

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 The Global Learning Center of Wichita will hold a program on Saturday titled "The Islamic State and America's New War: How it will Change the Middle East."The speaker is Joshua Landis who is Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc talked with him on Tuesday morning, the day after the first strikes on ISIS targets in Syria. 

The all-Republican Kansas congressional delegation is almost unanimous in its opposition to a U.S. military action in Syria.

Senator Pat Roberts says, following reports that Syria's government used chemical weapons on its people, he doubts the U.S. can avoid a military strike in Syria.

Roberts says President Barack Obama should address the nation and get the consent of Congress for military action.

The senator told a Lawrence Chamber of Commerce group yesterday Congress would authorize military action by the Democratic administration.